Sprays, gels, wipes—they all do the job to sanitize our hands but, with most containing so much alcohol, they’re not always pleasant to use. Don’t we deserve to enjoy the sani-experience, too? Here are a few options you can tuck into your bag, glove box, and desk drawer, from some great brands you’ll love. —Catherine Dunwoody
neal’s yard remedies natural defence hand spray. From the famed British brand ($15 at Whole Foods) we expect nothing less than a lovely blend of essential oils (think thyme, lavender and vetiver) and witch hazel. Smells more like a spa than a sanitizer.
ecological hand sanitizer gel. This well-priced Canadian brand ($6 at Shoppers Drug Mart) is non-alcohol, paraben-free, vegan and contains skin-loving aloe. Starts sticky at first but don’t panic—it quickly dries to a nice, clean-hands finish.
ag hands-free sanitizer gel. When the pandemic had this hair product company shifting gears to create a new hand sanitizer as well, we applauded. This gel ($13) claims to kill 99.9% of germs but without drying due to vitamin E, glycerine and aloe vera. =
dr bronner’s peppermint organic hand sanitizer spray. One of America’s top-selling organic fair-trade personal-care brands proudly launched this item in Canada recently. Familiar with the lavender version of this spray? Then you’ll love this clean new minty scent ($6 at Choices Market).
rocky mountain soap co. nomad hand sanitizer gel. This Jasmine-scented gel ($18) contains mushroom-derived Chitosan that keeps your hands from over-drying, plus the package is pretty enough to perch on your desk. Canadian-made, too.
pacific refill club lemongrass hand sanitizer spray. An absolute pick-me-up every time you spritz, this non-drying formula ($8) is used exclusively by Science World, Fairmont Hotela and the Vancouver Tennis Club.